Panel: The Many Faces of School Accountability

Saturday, November 10, 2018: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wilson A - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Macke Raymond, Stanford University
Discussants:  Thomas Dee, Stanford University

The Differing Dimensions of Student Assessments: Accountability Reforms Around the World
Annika B. Bergbauer1, Eric Hanushek2 and Ludger Woessmann1,3, (1)ifo Institute, (2)Stanford University, (3)University of Munich

Performance Information and Personnel Decisions in the Public Sector: The Case of School Principals
Julie Berry Cullen, University of California, San Diego, Eric Hanushek, Stanford University, Gregory Phelan, University of Texas, Dallas and Steven Rivkin, University of Illinois, Chicago

Differentiated Accountability and Education Production: Evidence from NCLB Waivers
Steven W. Hemelt, University of North Carolina and Brian A. Jacob, University of Michigan

The Effects of Accountability Incentives in Early Childhood Education: Evidence from Tennessee
Daphna Bassok1, Thomas Dee2 and Scott Latham2, (1)University of Virginia, (2)Stanford University

While school accountability is frequently talked about, the term actually combines together many disparate topics.  This session is designed to highlight different aspects of educational accountability from international differences in testing institutions to the details of preschool education.  The key feature is that varying measures of educational outcomes used in accountability have ramifications for student outcomes as well as school personnel and their labor markets.  The take-away message is that policy makers must consider how their choices actually impact on children and adults in the educational system. 

Along with the policy perspective, the session will also deal with the methodological perspective.  Each paper is designed to address issues of the causality of accountability effects, but each paper uses a very different analytical design to address the pertinent issues.  In each there is a discussion of the analytical strategy along with in depth specification and robustness checks.

The analyses cover all aspects of P-12 education from the effects of preschool accountability to the labor market impacts to international differences in accountability.

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